I’m back. I mean, I never really went away, but over the past few years posting has been a little sporadic to say the least, and I’m painfully aware that the majority of my recent posts have been paid partnerships. Something I swore to myself I wouldn’t let happen, and the fact it has leaves me feeling very sheepish indeed. Of course, the last few years have been a curveball for us all and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much that I let my standards and consistency slide, but its high time things change around here.
Blogging has been a wild ride since I started gathering content together in this little corner of cyberspace back in 2009.
I realised this weekend that Fabric of my Life has actually just turned 13, which means I’ve been posting on this website for a whole third of my life. Yep, I had to double and triple check my maths when that thought first popped into my head, and it totally puts into perspective the slight disconnect I’ve felt with the space in recent times.
Since those early, thankfully short-lived, days of white-font-on-black-background, this space has evolved multiple times and I really hope it will do so again, to better accomodate where I am at this point in my life. I’m no longer a mid-twenty-something starting a blog in my bedroom whilst interning at a design magazine. Nor am I the early-thirties PR professional running about London day-and-night, flitting from event to event with a glass of champers in hand. I’m not even the newly-freelancing, newly-solo-living mid-thirties gal finding her footing in a new city up North. Now I’m the established freelancer, happily-coupled-up, living-in-the-suburbs with a new puppy and about to turn FORTY.. woman!
So.. yes. This space is due another evolution I think. When I first penned a post on here in May 2009, not a single soul was reading. A month later in June, I think maybe ten people had stumbled by my site and guess what, that didn’t matter. I was posting — daily — and loving it, and I really want to recapture some of that pure just-for-me joy that I felt back then. To not be waylaid by content strategy and constant planning and second-guessing, and to not get bogged down in the numbers. To post what I feel like, when I feel like it… although I’ve promised myself at least once a week for the forseeable to help get back into the routine and hopefully reignite my creative spark.
If you’ve read this far, first of all, THANK YOU. Readership of my blog is naturally well below what it was in the heydays of 2012-16, but I’m constantly blown away each time I receive my monthly Google analytics report that so many people are still regularly seeking out my blog month after month. The fact that you head here looking (hoping?) for new content truly makes my heart soar, and has really given me the kick I need to reignite this love affair.
If there are any things you’re really keen for me to cover, please do leave a comment below! I’ve so many ideas (and so many posts written and rewritten in my head that I need to get down on digital paper, stat), but it’s always good to know if a particular topic is a really desirable one..
p.s. I’ll introduce him properly in a post soon, but say hello to our little Paco… truly the sweetest little puppy dog there ever was.. :)